Academic Workshops

Academic Success Workshops

Academic success workshops are available to teach you skills that will help you be a more successful student and achieve your goals. Academic success workshops are available to students online in Canvas under Geauga Academic Workshops. If you cannot find this course in your Blackboard account, contact Sue Mark-Sracic.  

Drop-in Workshop Sessions

Drop-in workshop sessions are scheduled on the topics listed below. 

  •    Starting the Semester Off Right
  •    Staying on Track During the Semester
  •    Breaking Down Your Syllabus
  •    Get your Assignments Organized
  •    Never Miss a Deadline: Create a Calendar that Works
  •    Taking Notes that Matter
  •    Reading Effectively and Efficiently
  •    Study Smart: Tips for Effective Studying
  •    Never Miss a Beat: How to Stay Motivated in Your Schoolwork
  •    Planning Your Semester Properly
  •    Where is All of My Time Going?
  •    Avoiding an All-Nighter: Preparing for your Exams
  •    Don’t Panic: Perform Well on Your Exams

If you are not available during the dates and times these workshops are offered, contact Sue Mark-Sracic via email or schedule an appointment online.


COVID-19 has caused many abrupt changes that none of us expected including moving from face-to-face instruction to remote instruction. With all of the changes that have occurred, it is important to know what skills and steps you need to take to be successful. 

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: 

  • Prepare yourself for success in an online course 
  • Know the resources that are available to you during COVID-19 
  • Know the daily steps needed to continue to be successful in an online course while in quarantine 

*Available in Canvas under Geauga Academic Workshops 


available workshops


Time management is one of the essential tools to have in college. Join us to learn how to manage your time better so you can be more successful in college and your personal life.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:  

  • Understand where you are spending your time and how to make better use of it   
  • Know how to set realistic goals  
  • Know techniques for overcoming procrastination  


*Available in your Blackboard Course under Geauga Academic Workshops 

Investing time to learn how to study will help you get the most out of your college career. Develop and strengthen good study habits to perform well in your classes. 

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:  

  • Use your text to study  
  • Use your notes to study  
  • Know studying techniques  
  • Create a study plan  
  • Use a study guide  
  • Improve your memory  
  • Be confident in your studies 

*Available in Canvas under Geauga Academic Workshops


Do you struggle to get motivated to complete your assignments, go to class, or study? Motivating yourself can be one of the most difficult things in college, but it is crucial to your success. Learn how to build and recover your motivation. 

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: 

  • Recognize the challenges that impact your motivation 
  • Know techniques for recovering your motivation 
  • Identify strategies for building motivation 

*Available in Canvas under Geauga Academic Workshops


*If you are on your phone login to the Teams app with your Flashline credentials. If you are on a computer, you can join via the web browser without logging in, or through the app with your Flashline credentials.

Proper planning is key to being successful in college and in your career. Learn techniques that can help you plan out your time properly and help you keep your sanity.  

  • Create a plan for the semester  
  • Know how to use Google Calendar  

Being an adult is hard. Come learn key things you need to know or have in the real world to be a successful adult. 

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:  

  •    Set a schedule –Prioritizing / Decision making 
  •    Navigate changing family relationships 
  •    Navigate and build healthy relationships 
  •    Identify resources that support your financial literacy 
  •    Identify and access healthcare 
  •    Develop a transportation plan 
  •    Locate food and other community resources 
  •    Name key elements in renting a home 
  •    Be Assertive –Adult Communication Skills 
  •    Using your free time to refresh YOU! 


Have you ever felt overwhelmed with assignments, deadlines, papers, appointments, etc.? As a college student, you will need to keep track of it all. Learn how you can get organized for your classes and be prepared to excel. 

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: 

  • Know the reasons for disorganization 

  • Identify the benefits of being organized 

  • Understand how to get organized and stay organized 


*Available in your Blackboard Course under Geauga Academic Workshops 

Knowing how to be successful is the first step to academic success. Learn the key ingredients to what it takes to thrive in a college classroom environment and develop the skills needed to succeed. 

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: 

  • Understand the different techniques for note-taking  

  • Decide what note-taking method is best for you  

  • Understand techniques for active listening  

  • Identify ways to know what information is important during your lectures  

  • Know different reading strategies  

  • Identify important information in a text  

  • Participate and interact with classmates and instructors of different viewpoints 


Confidence is an important aspect of our lives that many struggle with. The value we place on ourselves can play a crucial role in our success. While it is natural to care about performing well, it is important to feel good about ourselves, mistakes, and all. Learn how to build confidence despite your shortcomings. 

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: 

  •  Understand the barriers to confidence 

  • Build self-confidence 

  • Project confidence to others 

*Available in Canvas under Geauga Academic Workshops 


Taking tests can be stressful. Learn methods to improve your chances of performing better on your tests as well as recognizing and overcoming test anxiety.  

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:  

  • Learn techniques to reduce test anxiety  

  • Know how to prepare for your tests   

  • Identify strategies for essay exams vs. multiple choice exams 

*Available in Canvas under Geauga Academic Workshops 


Having effective communication skills is critical to success not only in the classroom but in the career environment. Emotional intelligence is one of the most crucial elements that play into our communication skills. Learn how to use your emotions to create positive relationships and improve your communication skills. 

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:  

  • Know your EI score  

  • Understand why EI and communication skills are important  

  • Be aware of your emotions 

  • Identify techniques for controlling your emotions  

  • Improve your EI and communication skills  

  • Express your feelings in a positive way  

  • Know the difference between passive, assertive, and aggressive responses  

  • Know the key points to effective communication  

*Available in Canvas under Geauga Academic Workshops 

Personal Success Coaching  

If you would like to receive information about any of these workshops in a one-on-one session or need personal help in implementing the information presented in these workshops, please contact Sue Mark-Sracic or call 330-888-6366.